Updates of Volkswagen Vento
April 8,2011 - Volkswagen, the German luxury car maker launched the Indian Premier League (IPL) variant of its mid-size sedan Vento priced around Rs.7.24 lacs in the ex-showroom,Chennai.It comes with a 1.6 litre petrol engine.It is composed of the state-of-colour art touch screen multimedia player that includes a navigation system, plush leatherette seats, IPL decals (a process of transferring designs from specially prepared paper to the surface of glass or porcelain), specially crafted door sill garnish with an IPL logo.The company offered a free cricket kit as a gift to the buyers of Vento’s IPL edition.
August 12,2010 - Volkswagen announced the price for all the variants of its Vento in India.The company has priced the Volkswagen Vento between Rs 6.99 lakhs and 9.23 lakhs.It also declared that the new sedan will be available from 6th Sepetember 2010.
July 6,2010 - German car-maker Volkswagen unveiled its entry-level sedan, 'Vento', in India.Vento which is available in both petrol and diesel engine versions was specially designed and manufactured in India.It is equipped with 1.6 litre engine and available in two trim levels namely ‘trendline' and ‘highline'. Vento comes with best-in-class safety and luxury features and was specifically designed with the expectations and wants of Indian customers in mind.
Volkswagen Vento Review
Volkswagen Vento has been launched in the aim of giving a direct competition to the market leader Honda City.Vento is available as both petrol and diesel engine options and has five variants namely Vento Trendline M/T (Petrol), Highline M/T (Petrol), Highline A/T (Petrol), Trendline M/T (Diesel) and Highline M/T (Diesel).It features a 1.6 litre engine.Its Highline A/T (Petrol) variant is packed with six speed automatic transmission.The remaining variants of Vento are packed with five speed manual transmission.Let us see in detail below about the features of Vento.
Design and Comfort
Volkswagen Vento is endowed with a simple,handsome design and a stylish luxurious look.The front end of Vento features chrome highlights on the chin, lower grille design and round foglamps and at the rear side it features a huge boot that looks so big.It also holds a bit old-fashioned tail-lamp design.It adopts the Polo’s MacPherson strut front suspension and non-independent trailing arm rear setup which was modified to adjust for the wider track.Its steering has been made heavier than Polo by fine-tuning the software on its electric setup.It features consistent panel gaps but its disappointing feature is that the way the doors shut with an unsatisfying and deep crash and obviously it reflects at the light build of the Vento.
Vento’s interior features a classy and understated cabin.It also holds high quality silver accents but the quality of plastics used is of low standard.The switches present are solid and tactile.The tiny buttons on the console present on the highline variants for the climate control seems to be out of sync with the other chunky looking switchgear. The absence of an external boot release is also an inconvenient factor.The front seats are extremely comfortable with good under-thigh support.The rear seats have lots of legroom and headroom and also has a less swoopy roof line.The Highline variant of Vento in addition possess power mirrors, climate control, 15-inch alloys ABS, front airbags, CD/MP3 player, remote locking and adjustable driver’s seat height.There’s a big cubbyhole in the centre console, one centre armrest and the most useful glovebox .
Engine Capacity and Performance
Volkswagen Vento is available in both petrol and diesel versions.Both the versions are feature a 1.6 litre angine.The Petrol version of Vento has a displacement of 1598cc and generates a power of 105PS at 5250rpm.It produces a maximum torque of 153Nm at 3800rpm.Two of its petrol variants are packed with five speed manual transmission and its Highline A/T (Petrol) variant alone is packed with six speed automatic transmission.
Vento’s diesel variant also has a displacement of 1598cc and churns out a power of 105PS at 4400 rpm.The maximum torque produced by the diesel variants of Vento is 250Nm at 1500-2500rpm.Both of its diesel variants are packed only with five speed manual transmission.Tha amazing feature of the Vento’s diesel engine is its broad torque spread.No doubt,the highly powerful engines of Vento surely plays a vital role in offering great performance.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
The petrol variants gives a vento mileage of 15kmpl and Vento’s diesel variants offer a mileage of 20kmpl.It possess a very good fuel economy and has a fuel tank capacity of 55 litres.The fully filled fuel tank makes the car to move up to 830 kilometres.
Volkswagen Vento features cast aluminium alloy wheels and large size tyres.The large sized tyres of Vento greatly helps in controlling the car and also reduce the rate of skidding.Vento’s Trendline variants are fitted with 14 inches steel wheels with full wheel caps and a 14 inches steel spare wheel.Similarly,its diesel variants are fitted with 15 inches alloy wheels along with a 14 inches steel spare wheel.
Volkswagen Vento comes with ventilated disc brakes at the front end wheels and drum brakes at the rear end wheels.The anti-lock brakes are available only in Highline variants.
Ride and Handling
The quality of ride in Vento is not as good as expected.At low speeds,it offers sophisticative rides and also absorbs the bumps well but it will not offer such comfortable rides at high speeds.It is packed with an inconvenient suspension.As like Polo, the Vento’s ride is not as flat or consistent as we would have liked.The electric steering also does not exactly blow up with feel.The longer wheelbase and the wider rear track give stability to the Vento through the corners but it will not offer quick direction changes and on the limit the Vento understeers strongly.It features light steering, soft clutch and easy gearshifts which makes it a pleaure to drive in traffic.
The available Vento colours are Candy White,Flash Red,Terra Beige,Shadow Blue,Reflex Silver and finally Deep Black.
Volkswagen Vento Petrol Trendline
This basic variant comes equipped with 14" steel wheels with full wheel caps, Black exterior door handles & mirrors, Radio preparation with speaker & antenna pre-wiring, 14" steel wheels with full wheel caps, etc.
Volkswagen Vento Petrol Highline
This variant is comprised of all the standard features of Trendline along with some extra features like ABS, Front Airbags for driver and co-driver, Climatronic automatic air conditioning, Radio with CD player MP3 and four speaker including roof Antenna, Fog light, front & rear , 15” Alloy wheels, etc.
Volkswagen Vento Petrol Highline AT
It comes with similar features as Volkswagen Vento Petrol Highline, with the only difference being its automatic transmission gearbox.
Volkswagen Vento Diesel Trendline
It comes with the same features as Volkswagen Vento Petrol Trendline except diesel engine.
Volkswagen Vento Diesel Highline
It comes with the same features as Volkswagen Vento Petrol Highline except diesel engine.
Volkswagen Vento price
The onroad vento prices in the ex-showroom,Delhi as on April 29,2011 are as follows:
Vento Trendline M/T (Petrol) :Rs.7,91,000
Vento Highline M/T (Petrol) :Rs.9,28,000
Vento Highline A/T (Petrol) :Rs.10,37,000
Vento Trendline M/T (Diesel) :Rs.9,01,000
Vento Highline M/T (Diesel) :Rs.10,39,000